4 Face Mists That Convinced Me They're Not Just Overpriced Water

Please enjoy several photos of me spraying myself in the face.
Publish date:
April 8, 2016
face mists, caudalie, captain blankenship, fig + yarrow, toner, Rootfoot

We've all seen those little bottles filled with what seems to just be expensive water, claiming to hydrate your skin and calm your senses. And I can honestly say, until last summer, I thought that was all a load of crap.

I thought there was no point in paying for a little spray bottle with herbal-y smelling water, until I found the Caudalie Beauty Exilir. This stuff is amazing. I tried it for the first time when my friend offered me a spritz, and I was instantly hooked. I ran out to get myself one of the tiny little one-ounce bottles, and I've been savoring it ever since.

When I spray it on my face, I'm momentarily taken to an island where none of my stress matters and I never have to worry about anything ever again. I breathe in the moment of complete peace, and as I breathe out, it's gone. But I'm happy to have at least a few seconds of pure happiness.

I have no idea what it is that makes this product so great. It has rosemary, mint, and rose in it, so I think it might really just be the smell that I love so much, but the fine mist over my face either before I do my makeup or in the middle of a long day just instantly refreshes me. I'm not sure about skin benefits, but with that lovely feeling it gives, I don't really mind — I'll use this regardless of if it has real benefits or not.

In the spirit of comeptition, though, I figured I should try a few more sprays out to see how they stand up to my favorite little glass bottle of "water."

Fig+Yarrow Complexion Water

This guy might be my favorite of my new face mists. It's a super-fine mist that I can spray on at any time; I prefer to use it after cleansing my face but before applying my moisturizer. It's hydrating and refreshing and it's replaced my toner since I ran out of it.

I think I particularly like the label that describes this mist as "a constructively indulgent and intoxicatingly aromatic hydrating/toning blend for face, hair and body." I mean, who wouldn't want to use something so fancy? And in reality, the description got it right. It is hydrating and toning and it's indulgent (I mean, it's $42) and it's intoxicating. I love the way it smells.

So I've got to say, this one worked for me. I like it on my bare skin, but I could definitely use it throughout the day too for a little pick-me-up.

Captain Blankenship Aloe & Rose Toner

This one was the most surprising of the group, mostly because the spray was a little startling. The bottle says you'll need to pat it into your skin, and that's definitely true since it's not a fine mist. It's more like a quick stream that comes out.

Because it's not as gentle as my other sprays, I definitely couldn't use it throughout the day over my makeup, but it does make for a nice toner before applying the rest of my skincare. I like that is has witch hazel in it because I can actually feel it clarifying my skin while I pat it in.

At first, the smell of lemongrass wasn't my favorite but as I've used it more and more, it's grown on me. I don't think I'd be able to use this every day since my skin is pretty clear now, but I can definitely see myself using it when my skin starts getting oily and I get blemishes because I can feel the effects of the toner right away.

Rootfoot Rose Water

This smells just like my grandmother's bathroom. She has rose-scented soap and lotion, and when I was growing up I always used too much, so this spray brings me back. It's totally organic which I love and comes out in a fine mist. It's also probably the most versatile of these products.

I can spray it on after I cleanse my face and I can use it throughout the day for a little extra moisture to refresh my makeup. I've also been having some trouble with my hair since I need to get it cut, so it's been a little unruly. I use this in my hair to smooth everything out since I've been getting these awful cowlicks on the back of my head. I just spritz some in and comb my hair down so my hair is as good as new. This spray is definitely the cheapest, but it's the one I can do the most with.

All in all, I still think facial mists are a little extravagant, but they're a luxury I'm willing to keep trying out because they're just so refreshing and they smell awesome. I still love my Cauadalie Beauty Exilir, but I'm glad I've got some new sprays to play with so I can mix things up.

  • Do you use face mists? What's your favorite?
  • Where in your routine do you use them?